On Sat 6 March I gave a talk the Buxton Field Club and the Derbyshire Ornithological Society, which can now be found on Youtube here. It is entitled The Oldest Lake in Europe: The Birds and Wildlife of Lake Prespa. Prespa is one of the most special locations I have visited in the last decade. It is not just beautiful and atmospheric – encircled by mountains and straddling three separate Balkan countries (Albania, Greece and Northern Macedonia) – with some of the most entrancing light effects you could wish to see, but it is also amazing for wildlife. It led to a great deal of interest in our 360 Degree holidays and we have laid on a one-off new holiday to the region entitled Zagori and Lake Prespa, Highlights of northern Greece Wed 25 May – 1 June 2022. Both of these regions are wonderful. They are radically different in terms of landscape (although mountains and forest are everywhere) but united by exceptional wildlife abundance. We have structured the week to give you a full sense of both places. There is a more detailed account of the week on my blog Through 360 Degrees. Should you be interested in any future holidays please contact me here.
I have been beavering away on a new book, tentatively called One Midsummer’s Day and partly about swifts. I am just under half way there. It is a book on which I have now worked longer than any other and I am hugely excited by the project. More I cannot say!
Our other big news is that we are closing in on our transfer from Norfolk to Derbyshire, which has been in train since December 2019. There were obvious interrruptions in 2020 but a new life beckons in what we can only hope is as serene a twelve months as possible. Happy New Year everyone.